The cat is people’s most popular and beloved feline, so of course it has its own international recognition day, although, as any cat owner can confirm, for a cat, every day is the day of the cat.
However, there may be confusion regarding the date of the celebration, as the cat has more than one special day.
Why is Cat Day celebrated on August 8?
This date was designated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in 2002. The name of this date is “International Cat Day” and the reason why they chose this date is that on this date the cats are in the fertile season in the northern zone of the hemisphere.
“The International Fund for Animal Welfare created International Cat Day with a reminder to anyone who has a beloved feline in their life: your four-legged friend can be a cold-blooded killer! Lots of between us love cats and enjoy having them in our lives. They are a source of companionship, comfort and pleasure, but in many parts of the world house cats can be a real nuisance or danger to wildlife,” we read in the message published by the organization behind this celebration.
What are the other feast days for the cat?
As we mentioned, there are still two days, one of them and the best known is February 20 and another is October 29.
Cat Day on February 20:
Its origin lies in a very popular fact that happened in the United States. In 2009, Socks, former US President Bill Clinton’s cat was euthanized. It is known that this mascot was part of the white house from 1993 to 2009. Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the former president, was the one who stood next to Socks, and countless times this animal caught the attention of media.
Cat Day on October 29:
He was born as a result of an act of awareness in the United States. Colleen Paige created National Cat Day on this date with the goal of reaching a total of 10,000 cat adoptions each year on this day. The adoption of stray cats was the main reason for this celebration.
Unlike other days, in Europe, they take this day as a reference for the kitten festival.
An additional celebration:
Only in the West does the celebration take place three times a year, but in the case of Russia the situation is changing. This country also has a special day for this animal and they have taken March 1 as the memorial date for the domestic feline. It turns out that in this region, cats are one of the most revered and loved animals. It is the country with the highest rate of cat ownership in the world. Fun fact, the United States and Ukraine round out the top three.
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